Kenya's Head of State Launches construction of new JKIA Terminal
NAIROBI DECEMBER 5, 2013 - President Uhuru Kenyatta has today commissioned the construction of a new US$654 million terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is expected to upgrade it to world-class status.
Construction of the new state-of-the-art facility will begin immediately, and the two-phased construction work is expected to be complete by 2017. Upon completion, it will have capacity to handle 20 million passengers every year.
Speaking after presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony, President Kenyatta noted that the new passenger terminal is among developments that will usher in a new era in African Aviation.
"This facility will enhance our efforts to uplift the living standards of the Kenyan people through business opportunities and fostering national and regional socio-economic integration and development. It will open up Kenya to the world and stand as a testament of our openness to global partnerships," the President added.
Construction of the new terminal will be done by Anhui Civil Engineering Group (ACEG)/ China Aero- Technology Engineering International Engineering Corporation (CATIC) JV. Spanning 178,000 square meters, the terminal will have facilities such as: 50 international and 10 domestic check-in points; 32 contact and 8 remote gates; an associated apron with 45 stands and linking taxiways; a railway terminal; and a bus parking lot, amongst others.
Further to the construction of this new terminal other projects lined up include the re design of Terminals 1, 2 and 3, a Second Runway, and Remote Stands/ Bussing Gates.
The terminal is conceived as a hub terminal for efficient connectivity for transiting passengers, and is designed as an environmentally sustainable building. It will be certified by the World Green Building Council using either the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or Green Star certification processes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:39
UAE National Day Celebrations at Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport is all decked up to celebrate the UAE National Day which is officially on December 2 but is being celebrated with public sector closure on December 1 and 2. The Expo2020 win has augmented this year's jubilation and the national colors of the flag with the Expo2020 logo are emblazoned everywhere.
At Dubai Airport a stall has been set up with Emirati products on display. A bevy of Emirates air hostesses were there looking for National Day souvenirs.
Even the Departure information monitors have a festive look.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 13:48
Security alert at Heathrow Airport
A security high alert has been announced at Heathrow Airport as there is a threat of an Al Qaeda attack. The perpetrator is feared to be a woman and according to some reports it is believed that females with breast implants may try to smuggle explosives in their implants. Gives new meaning to the word, "bombshell!"
In view of the threat, major delays are expected on all flights out of Heathrow Airport - particulalry for flights departing to the United States. Passengers are requested to arrive early to avoid missing their flight.
The Heathrow Airport website has issued the following alert: "At the request of US authorities (TSA) additional security measures are being carried out by airlines flying to the USA. If you are flying to a US destination, please allow extra time for your journey."
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 23:55
Make it to the airport on time
The Eid al Fitr holiday rush has begun! Emirates Airline has asked passengers to reach the airport early to avoid missing their flight. Dubai Airport is already experiencing tremendous growth in passenger traffic - with over 5 million passengers passing thru the airport every month since the last seven months - and during the Eid holiday a spike in traffic is expected. While the Eid holiday starts from August 7 in the UAE, many expatriates have taken a few days extra off and are heading home to their families.
Across the GCC, numerous expats and locals are planning to spend their Eid al Fitr holiday abroad and the last few days before Eid will witness a surge of passengers at every airport in the region. It is advisable to reach the airport early as long lines for security checks, ticketing and immigration may mean that you will not be able to make it to the plane on time. And remember, there is always over booking of flights during the Eid rush so if you arrive late your seat may be allocated to another passenger.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:50
Gatwick reports slight loss as passenger numbers increase
Gatwick Airport has reported an increase of 4.2 per cent in turnover for the year to March 31st, up to £539 million.
Combined with continued “careful cost management”, this resulted a 2.5 per cent increase in EBITDA, to £227 million, although a loss in the financial year of £29 million reflects the asset-intensive nature of the business and the continued investment being made across the airport, Gatwick said in a statement.
Traffic at London’s second biggest airport of 34.2 million passengers reflected 1.2 per cent growth.
New airlines - such as Air China and Turkish Airlines - opened links to high-growth markets including Beijing and Istanbul, alongside new routes from existing carriers such as easyJet to Moscow.
Vietnam Airlines expanded its services and Garuda Indonesia announced it will start Europe’s only direct route to Jakarta from October 2013.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive, London Gatwick Airport, said: “We have continued to invest heavily across the airport, spending £227 million this year, to ensure our passengers enjoy a better experience every time they travel.
“In retail, we have seen good year-on-year results, which compare favourably to performance on the high street.
“Thanks to the opening of Europe’s largest World Duty Free store in South Terminal and major updates in both South and North Terminal departure lounges, we have seen income per passenger increase.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:56
DFW International Airport Welcomes Minute Suites Nap Center With Grand Opening
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 24 2013) – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport celebrated the grand opening of the Airport’s first Minute Suites® location, an around-the-clock nap center for passengers to relax, conduct business or sleep in a private suite available by the hour. The first of two Minute Suites® centers planned for DFW officially opened today in Terminal D near gate D23 with nine sleep suites and two shower facilities, a first for the company.
Suites are priced at only $34 for a one-hour minimum stay and then $8.50 for every 15 minutes thereafter. Rate reductions begin at four hours including a flat overnight rate of $125.
Minute Suites® provides a wellness-based solution to the stress and fatigue caused by air travel. As physicians and healthcare professionals, the Minute Suites® team focused on sleep physiology and engineered the concept of a secure, dark and quiet environment to encourage napping, and they developed the use of binaural beat audio technology as a sleep aid for travelers.
“Minute Suites® is a cutting-edge concept that’s getting a tremendous response from customers, and it supports our goal of seeking to be one of the healthiest airports in the world,” said Ken Buchanan, executive vice president for revenue management at DFW. “We believe services like these really elevate DFW and help distinguish our Airport for providing an outstanding travel experience.”
DFW becomes the third U.S. airport with a Minute Suites® location, joining Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL) and Philadelphia International (PHL). Another Minute Suites® location is planned as part of the next phase of renovations in Terminal A next year.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 13:21
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